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Discounted tickets for the GTA Home Show Feb. 20th-23rd, 2014
BREB
Ah, the benefits of belonging to the Brampton Real Estate Board! The GTA Home Show and BREB would like to offer you and your clients the opportunity to take advantage of the corporate ticket program. Click here for the corporate ticket order form.
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Congratulations to Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage
BREB
Congratulations to Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage who is the winner of BREB's Annual Brokerage Recruiting Challenge by bringing in the most new BREB members!
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Financial literacy: Good for your clients, good for your business
BREB via CREA
In today's economy, financial literacy is an essential life skill. It is particularly salient in the real estate sphere, where Canadians make decisions involving hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. Being financially literate can make all the difference between a happy homebuyer and a financially stressed homebuyer.
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Ministry of Consumer Services releases report on home inspection industry
Ministry of Consumer Services
Earlier this year, the Ontario government created a panel to make recommendations regarding mandatory qualifications for home inspectors. The panel included expert volunteers with a wide variety of backgrounds, including home inspectors, consumers and representatives from real estate, law, education and insurance across Ontario.
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5 predictions for the 2014 Toronto housing market
The Huffington Post
Contrary to many opinions from "industry experts," there will not be a crash in the Toronto real estate market in 2014. Calls for a correction of up to 20 per cent have been coming for several years, but if anything the market is stronger than ever.
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GTA Commercial REALTORS® report commercial market figures
Daily Commercial News
Toronto Real Estate Board Commercial Network Members reported a total of 5,410,687 square feet of leased industrial, commercial/retail and office space in the fourth quarter of 2013. This result was down by 8.4 per cent in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year dip in the amount of space leased was concentrated in the industrial market segment.
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Canada's housing market finishes 2013 on solid footing
The Globe and Mail
Canada's housing market appears to have ended 2013 on a relatively strong note, with a number of major cities now reporting year-over-year sales gains for December and substantial increases in average selling prices.
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Real estate boom continues in Canada's largest cities
CBC News
Repeated warnings of an overheated market failed to deter home buyers in Canada's largest cities in 2013, with the number of Toronto home sales up two per cent over the previous year, Vancouver sales were up 14 per cent and Calgary sales rose 11 per cent.
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Canada's economic growth outlook too 'rosy'
Financial Post
It may not be smooth sailing after all for the Canadian economy. Many positive outlooks for growth in 2014 have been buoyed by a stronger-than-expected performance in the third-quarter of last year — along with a pickup in the global economy overall — but some analysts are sounding a more pessimistic tone.

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Beware sending a real estate deal off the rails
Move Smartly (blog)
An interesting decision from Toronto's small claims court provides a useful lesson on the obligations of buyers, sellers and lawyers when a real estate transaction starts to go off the rails. In his decision, Justice M. Donald Godfrey wrote that the case came to court because the parties and their lawyers were unable to work out a "reasonable compromise" on the closing of a transaction on Mould Ave., in Toronto.

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Would you be better off financially renting or buying a home?
The Globe and Mail
Every year, Frank Tristani assigns his McMaster University finance students the task of showing whether renting or buying a home makes you wealthier. As Mr. Tristani scores the results, owning never wins. "Over six years, no one has been able to substantiate buying as creating more wealth over the long term," he said in an email.

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Canada sees decline in need for family homes
Architects Journal
The annual Canadian Housing Observer by national agency the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation pointed to trends towards living longer and more independently. It said the decline in family households seen since the 1970s would continue, while single-person homes would increase.
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